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Author: Rebecca Wisbar, Attorney and Mediator

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Welcome to The Mediation Minute. This podcast explores practical techniques to facilitate successful negotiation and resolution. Hosted by Rebecca Wisbar, mediator and attorney. Contact Rebecca, Akers & Wisbar (225) 767-1003 or akerswisbar.com.

The Mediation Minute podcast is produced by Catherine O'Brien, Branch Out Programs.
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Communications plus a business education, mixed with a dash of public relations can lead to a interesting perspective when paired with a law practice. Elizabeth Liuzza joins Rebecca Wisbar on the Mediation Minute to share how professional communication can influence the mediation process. Elizabeth shares insights into setting the tone and dealing with preconceived ideas that may present themselves during mediation. Host Rebecca Wisbar is a Baton Rouge mediator and attorney. The Mediation Minute is now available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Get new episodes of The Mediation Minute delivered to your inbox! Sign up for our email newsletter. Visit TheMediationMinute.com to learn more. Please note: This podcast is for informational purposes only and does not provide legal advice. Special Announcement: Red Stick Strong is a new podcast that highlights Baton Rouge businesses serving customers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Produced by Catherine O’Brien—if you know a business that deserves a shout-out let Catherine know, and take a listen to the show!
The mediation opening session has evolved. Guest Tommy Juneau talks with host Rebecca Wisbar about the importance of the opening statements and how they set the tone for the entire process. Tommy shares some communication tactics that make for an effective mediation. Tommy Juneau is principal at Perry Dampf Dispute Solutions and serves as a full-time mediator. Host Rebecca Wisbar is a Baton Rouge mediator and attorney. The Mediation Minute is now available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Get new episodes of The Mediation Minute delivered to your inbox! Sign up for our email newsletter. Visit TheMediationMinute.com to learn more. Please note: This podcast is for informational purposes only and does not provide legal advice. Special Announcement: Red Stick Strong is a new podcast that highlights Baton Rouge businesses serving customers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Produced by Catherine O’Brien—if you know a business that deserves a shout-out let Catherine know, and take a listen to the show!
The ripple effect of COVID-19 continues to spread, even in terms of anticipated litigation. What impact will the global pandemic have on cases as varied as international law issues all the way to tort suits? Eric Johnson of CompQuantum joins Rebecca Wisbar to discuss what might develop, comparing and contrasting the coronavirus crisis with other situations such as hurricanes and natural disasters. The unique nature of current circumstances might have unusual outcomes for business interruption claims; class action suits; workers’ compensation and more. Host Rebecca Wisbar is a Baton Rouge mediator and attorney. The Mediation Minute is now available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Get new episodes of The Mediation Minute delivered to your inbox! Sign up for our email newsletter. Visit TheMediationMinute.com to learn more. Please note: This podcast is for informational purposes only and does not provide legal advice. Special Announcement: Red Stick Strong is a new podcast that highlights Baton Rouge businesses serving customers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Produced by Catherine O’Brien—if you know a business that deserves a shout-out let Catherine know, and take a listen to the show!
Two sides of the same coin—that’s how Darrell Loup describes his experience doing both defense work and having a plaintiffs’ practice. Darrell shares insights gained over a long career practicing law as he now moves into serving as a mediator. Host Rebecca Wisbar and Darrell discuss the various perspectives in mediation as well as the expectations each party may hold.   Host Rebecca Wisbar is a Baton Rouge mediator and attorney. The Mediation Minute is now available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Get new episodes of The Mediation Minute delivered to your inbox! Sign up for our email newsletter. Visit TheMediationMinute.com to learn more. Please note: This podcast is for informational purposes only and does not provide legal advice. Special Announcement: Red Stick Strong is a new podcast that highlights Baton Rouge businesses serving customers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Produced by Catherine O’Brien—if you know a business that deserves a shout-out let Catherine know, and take a listen to the show!
We’ve talked about preparation on the Mediation Minute, now Katherine Loos joins Rebecca Wisbar to discuss "personality." We hear about the importance of minimizing surprises, being prepared, and how assessing the personality of a mediator can lead to negotiation success. Katherine also explains how to understand the influence of key people (like family members) on the mediation process, and how to use those influences to help rather than hinder the process. Host Rebecca Wisbar is a Baton Rouge mediator and attorney. The Mediation Minute is now available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Get new episodes of The Mediation Minute delivered to your inbox! Sign up for our email newsletter. Visit TheMediationMinute.com to learn more. Please note: This podcast is for informational purposes only and does not provide legal advice. Special Announcement: Red Stick Strong is a new podcast that highlights Baton Rouge businesses serving customers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Produced by Catherine O’Brien—if you know a business that deserves a shout-out let Catherine know, and take a listen to the show!
42 - In the era of social distancing, Kent Gonsoulin joins host Rebecca Wisbar to discuss comedy, mediation and our "new normal.” Kent has a wealth of experience "reading the room" as he is a professional comedian in addition to his work as claims specialist well versed in mediation. Rebecca and Kent analyze how the give and take of mediation shifts as there is more distance between the parties. Host Rebecca Wisbar is a Baton Rouge mediator and attorney. The Mediation Minute is now available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Get new episodes of The Mediation Minute delivered to your inbox! Sign up for our email newsletter. Visit TheMediationMinute.com to learn more. Please note: This podcast is for informational purposes only and does not provide legal advice. Mentioned on the show: Red Stick Strong is a new podcast that highlights Baton Rouge businesses serving customers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Produced by Catherine O’Brien—if you know a business that deserves a shout-out let Catherine know, and take a listen to the show!
Scott Fruge

Scott Fruge

2019-10-1719:49

41 - Scott Fruge of The Fruge Law Firm is a member of the LSU Trial Advocacy Faculty. This “crash course” for law student seniors is a three-day intensive that walks students through the rigors of a trial. One step in that process is assessing the possibility of mediating a dispute. What are the practical benefits of seeing both sides of a dispute, and how does an attorney assess the weaknesses of their case? Scott explains how he instructs students in this assessment process with host Rebecca Wisbar. This episode of The Mediation Minute is sponsored by MayerIT. Full-service technology care for one low monthly price: data security, file sharing, application support, secure/encrypted back-ups and more. Call MayerIT at 225-761-8808 and mention The Mediation Minute podcast for a complimentary consultative visit. Host Rebecca Wisbar is a Baton Rouge mediator and attorney. The Mediation Minute is now available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Get new episodes of The Mediation Minute delivered to your inbox! Sign up for our email newsletter. Visit TheMediationMinute.com to learn more. Please note: This podcast is for informational purposes only and does not provide legal advice.
A unique practice, Laurie Kadair of Kadair Law Firm, LLC estimates 80% of her cases are Special Needs Trust administration.  Many of these trusts are established as part of a legal settlement. Host Rebecca Wisbar and Laurie Kadair discuss the fact that assets in Special Needs Trusts need to last “for the long haul”; thoughtful negotiation and communication must be employed to maintain positive relationships among all parties. This episode of The Mediation Minute is sponsored by MayerIT. Full-service technology care for one low monthly price: data security, file sharing, application support, secure/encrypted back-ups and more. Call MayerIT at 225-761-8808 and mention The Mediation Minute podcast for a complimentary consultative visit. Host Rebecca Wisbar is a Baton Rouge mediator and attorney. The Mediation Minute is now available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Get new episodes of The Mediation Minute delivered to your inbox! Sign up for our email newsletter. Visit TheMediationMinute.com to learn more. Please note: This podcast is for informational purposes only and does not provide legal advice.
Mediation has come a long way in the legal community. Today, mediation is viewed as a positive course that can produce mutually beneficial results. This change in perspective is the subject of The Mediation Minute and the partners of Fletcher, Roy & Chenevert, LLC— Ralph Fletcher, Richard Roy, and Ryan Chenevert share how the times have changed when it comes to mediation. Host and mediator Rebecca Wisbar oversees the lively discussion between attorneys with extensive experience and wide-ranging perspectives. This episode of The Mediation Minute is sponsored by MayerIT. Full-service technology care for one low monthly price: data security, file sharing, application support, secure/encrypted back-ups and more. Call MayerIT at 225-761-8808 and mention The Mediation Minute podcast for a complimentary consultative visit. Host Rebecca Wisbar is a Baton Rouge mediator and attorney. The Mediation Minute is now available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Get new episodes of The Mediation Minute delivered to your inbox! Sign up for our email newsletter. Visit TheMediationMinute.com to learn more. Please note: This podcast is for informational purposes only and does not provide legal advice.    
Kent Gonsoulin

Kent Gonsoulin

2019-09-2628:05

Communication is key in mediation, but can humor play a role? Kent Gonsoulin, “Cajun Comedian” joins Rebecca Wisbar to talk about reading an audience (even an audience of one), testing the waters, and how humor can relieve tension even in sensitive situations. Kent offers practical insight into maintaining professional standards and a sense of humor. This episode of The Mediation Minute is sponsored by MayerIT. Full-service technology care for one low monthly price: data security, file sharing, application support, secure/encrypted back-ups and more. Call MayerIT at 225-761-8808 and mention The Mediation Minute podcast for a complimentary consultative visit. Host Rebecca Wisbar is a Baton Rouge mediator and attorney. The Mediation Minute is now available on Apple Podcasts, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Get new episodes of The Mediation Minute delivered to your inbox! Sign up for our email newsletter. Visit TheMediationMinute.com to learn more. Please note: This podcast is for informational purposes only and does not provide legal advice.  
Worker’s Compensation is a specialized area that needs certain expertise and experience to navigate. Chris Mensman of Mensman Law knows about “Life on Comp” and joins Rebecca Wisbar on The Mediation Minute to talk about how Worker’s Compensation impacts the mediation process. Chris shares his insights (and his signature brand of humor.) Reach Chris Mensman online at MensmanLaw.com. This episode of The Mediation Minute is sponsored by MayerIT. Full service technology care for one low monthly price: data security, file sharing, application support, secure/encrypted back-ups and more. Call MayerIT at 225-761-8808 and mention The Mediation Minute podcast for a complimentary consultative visit. Host Rebecca Wisbar is a Baton Rouge mediator and attorney. The Mediation Minute is now available on Apple Podcasts, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Get new episodes of The Mediation Minute delivered to your inbox! Sign up for our email newsletter. Visit TheMediationMinute.com to learn more. Please note: This podcast is for informational purposes only and does not provide legal advice.
Matt Pryor

Matt Pryor

2019-05-0231:40

Play on! Matt Pryor, Managing Partner of Pujol, Pryor & Irwin, is an attorney and a soccer referee. As a referee, Matt communicates not only verbally but also with body language, stance, and other forms of non-verbal communication. Matt and host Rebecca Wisbar discuss on this new episode of The Mediation Minute how much we communicate without saying a word. This episode of The Mediation Minute is sponsored by MayerIT. Full service technology care for one low monthly price: data security, file sharing, application support, secure/encrypted back-ups and more. Call MayerIT at 225-761-8808 and mention The Mediation Minute podcast for a complimentary consultative visit. Host Rebecca Wisbar is a Baton Rouge mediator and attorney. The Mediation Minute is now available on Apple Podcasts, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Get new episodes of The Mediation Minute delivered to your inbox! Sign up for our email newsletter. Visit TheMediationMinute.com to learn more. Please note: This podcast is for informational purposes only and does not provide legal advice.
Jennifer Moisant

Jennifer Moisant

2019-04-2525:18

Jennifer Moisant of Balfour Emonet law firm sits down with host Rebecca Wisbar to discuss managing emotions during mediation and what it means to encourage reasonable expectations. Jennifer and Rebecca discuss how valuable an impartial view can be to successful mediations as well as how to handle deeply personal information in a professional and respectful manner. Be sure to listen for a fun fact about Jennifer's family and the New Orleans Airport. This episode of The Mediation Minute is sponsored by MayerIT. Full service technology care for one low monthly price: data security, file sharing, application support, secure/encrypted back-ups and more. Call MayerIT at 225-761-8808 and mention The Mediation Minute podcast for a complimentary consultative visit. Host Rebecca Wisbar is a Baton Rouge mediator and attorney. The Mediation Minute is now available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Get new episodes of The Mediation Minute delivered to your inbox! Sign up for our email newsletter. Visit TheMediationMinute.com to learn more. Please note: This podcast is for informational purposes only and does not provide legal advice.
Barbara Irwin

Barbara Irwin

2019-04-1128:26

How does equestrian competition relate to mediation? Barbara Irwin of Pujol, Pryor & Irwin joins Rebecca Wisbar on The Mediation Minute. The delicate art of give and take holds center stage in this conversation, as well as how nonverbal communication is a powerful tool in negotiation. This episode of The Mediation Minute is sponsored by MayerIT. Full service technology care for one low monthly price: data security, file sharing, application support, secure/encrypted back-ups and more. Call MayerIT at 225-761-8808 and mention The Mediation Minute podcast for a complimentary consultative visit. Host Rebecca Wisbar is a Baton Rouge mediator and attorney. The Mediation Minute is now available on Apple Podcasts, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Get new episodes of The Mediation Minute delivered to your inbox! Sign up for our email newsletter. Visit TheMediationMinute.com to learn more. Please note: This podcast is for informational purposes only and does not provide legal advice.
What do "boxing" and "dressing for church" have to do with litigation? Przemek Lubecki of Morris Bart Attorneys at Law, New Orleans, joins Rebecca Wisbar on The Mediation Minute. Having previously practiced law in Illinois, Przemek discusses some of the differences between Louisiana and Illinois, especially when it comes to jury trials. Rebecca and Przemek explore how mediation impacts considerations of risk and cost management. Perspectives about doing defense work in your career before doing plaintiff's work are also shared. The show closes with Przemek describing the unique way the Morris Bart firm prepares attorneys for trial. Host Rebecca Wisbar is a Baton Rouge mediator and attorney. The Mediation Minute is now available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Get new episodes of The Mediation Minute delivered to your inbox! Sign up for our email newsletter. Visit TheMediationMinute.com to learn more. Please note: This podcast is for informational purposes only and does not provide legal advice.
Information is power in a negotiation, and when you represent the plaintiff, stepping "into the shoes" of the defense can make all the difference when it comes to a settlement. Luke J. Thibodeaux, II of Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys joins Rebecca Wisbar on The Mediation Minute to share how working as a claims adjuster early in his career influences his ability to reach effective resolution for his clients now as an attorney. Beyond Luke's irreverent, entertaining presentation are key insights about interacting with the defense and protocols of negotiation. Host Rebecca Wisbar is a Baton Rouge mediator and attorney. The Mediation Minute is now available on Apple Podcasts, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Get new episodes of The Mediation Minute delivered to your inbox! Sign up for our email newsletter. Visit TheMediationMinute.com to learn more. Please note: This podcast is for informational purposes only and does not provide legal advice.
Professor Paul Breaux and Ryan Chenevert, attorney reunite with host Rebecca Wisbar on this episode of The Mediation Minute to discuss the mediation process in law school clinical practice. Professor Breaux provides his insights into instructing future attorneys on how to effectively mediate. Ryan, from his perspective as the former law student, discusses the benefits of his experience in that Mediation Clinic and its impact on his professional development. Host Rebecca Wisbar is a Baton Rouge mediator and attorney. The Mediation Minute is now available on Apple Podcasts, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Get new episodes of The Mediation Minute delivered to your inbox! Sign up for our email newsletter. Visit TheMediationMinute.com to learn more. Please note: This podcast is for informational purposes only and does not provide legal advice.  
Employment law is the topic of this Mediation Minute podcast. Returning guests Valencia Landry and Terry Landry discuss with Rebecca Wisbar general issues of employment cases as well as the specifics of "Whistleblowing." Rebecca, Terry, and Valencia detail how mediation of employment matters is beneficial for all parties. Host Rebecca Wisbar is a Baton Rouge mediator and attorney. The Mediation Minute is now available on Apple Podcasts, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Get new episodes of The Mediation Minute delivered to your inbox! Sign up for our email newsletter. Visit TheMediationMinute.com to learn more. Please note: This podcast is for informational purposes only and does not provide legal advice.
Paul "Woody" Scott of The Scott Law Firm returns to The Mediation Minute to discuss some of the intriguing issues social media pose to those in the legal field. Is all publicity "good" publicity? That philosophy is put to the test in this conversation with Woody and host Rebecca Wisbar. Woody and Rebecca discuss the ramifications of using social media to publicize cases, issues of credibility, and even unintended consequences. Host Rebecca Wisbar is a Baton Rouge mediator and attorney. The Mediation Minute is now available on Apple Podcasts, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Get new episodes of The Mediation Minute delivered to your inbox! Sign up for our email newsletter. Visit TheMediationMinute.com to learn more. Please note: This podcast is for informational purposes only and does not provide legal advice.
MM 028: Ed Walters

MM 028: Ed Walters

2018-04-1322:47

Within each mediation, there are several layers of negotiation taking place simultaneously. Ed Walters of Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens, LLC joins Rebecca Wisbar on The Mediation Minute. The dispute between the parties may take the forefront in the mediation, but every participant would be wise to consider the additional negotiations taking place during the central mediation. Ed offers insights and practical guidance on the multiple negotiations encompassed in each mediation. Host Rebecca Wisbar is a Baton Rouge mediator and attorney. The Mediation Minute is now available on Apple Podcasts, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Get new episodes of The Mediation Minute delivered to your inbox! Sign up for our email newsletter. Visit TheMediationMinute.com to learn more. Please note: This podcast is for informational purposes only and does not provide legal advice.
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